The Cleaners

Who is behind what is considered “inappropriate” on social media? Silicon Valley outsources hundreds of anonymous “digital janitors” in Manila who screen tens of thousands of posts to determine what we can and cannot see.

From war zone photography to pornography, these ghostly content controllers make often personal decisions about what could have societal psychological impacts, what could cause political destabilization and what could incite terrorism. An eerie story of control and censorship that will ring especially true in the Age of Trump and Facebook, this powerful Hot Docs 2018 film explores the lives of the cleaners and those who have been negatively impacted by their questionable decisions to delete.


The Cleaners

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